:: gasp :: are we getting close to audio and power standards for devices?

My gosh, I hope so. The idea of carrying multiple power cubes is sooo 1975. I posted “Standardized Cell Phone Chargers by 2012” back in February, cheering that my HTC Fuze and Motorola Razr devices charged from the USB standard plug. While that’s good news, I am not happy with the HTC audio jack, requiring a dongle to connect for headset audio.

Seems like I’m not the only one: MobileCrunch posts “Long Live 3.5mm: HTC Makes The Switch”, cheering HTC’s decision to use a 3.5mm plug (the standard plug for cheap and expensive headsets) in future devices. Wahoo!

In the EU, power has been mandated .. The Jakarta Post: “EU, phone makers agree on charging standard”.

Fewer chargers and dongles .. that has to make everyone smile.

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About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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